This paper identifies links between migration and poverty, and their implications for social policy. Much is known about migration-poverty links – but also, a lot depends on asking the right questions: different approaches conceptualise both migration and poverty in different ways. The paper argues that context-dependency needs to be central to attempts to understand migration-poverty linkages. It also highlights areas of research that have been under-studied, in particular around children in migration. Based on these finding, the paper discusses the implications for aid policy and donor-driven processes like PRSPs. Challenges for policy makers at the national and regional levels include practical ways of integrating migrants into development processes, but also more entrenched issues related to the way social policy interacts with citizenship.
This paper was prepared for the UNRISD – IOM – IFS project on Social Policy and Migration in Developing Countries.
de Haan, A.; Shahin Yaqub. Migration and Poverty: Linkages, Knowledge Gaps, and Policy Implications. (2008) 23 pp.